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Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

A Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy is being credited with saving the life of a newborn infant Friday morning.

Deputy Randy Watts was on patrol around 1:40 am when he heard a medic call explaining a woman had given birth at her home but that the baby wasn't breathing. Deputy Watts was nearby and has basic medical training, so he sped to the home and was met by the newborn's father who led him upstairs.

Deputy Watts could see the child was purple and not breathing so he began administering rescue breaths and chest compressions until the child was attempting to breath on her own.

He then turned the child over and began striking her on the back to help clear the mucus from her nose and mouth. Once it was clear, Deputy Watts resumed rescue breaths and color began to return to the newborn's skin.

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Bailee Neyland has been named Marketing Director for Spokane Hoopfest, joining Executive Director Matt Santangelo, who took over the organization’s leadership role in April.

Like Santangelo, Neyland is a Gonzaga alum who brings a great deal of enthusiasm for the event and opportunities Hoopfest presents for the Spokane community. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration and participated in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga during her undergraduate study.

Neyland brings with her a wealth of marketing experience from previous positions with Gonzaga University, Zak! Designs and Desautel Hege Communications, and has been widely involved in the Spokane community, having served as the Susan G. Komen Communications Chair, Secretary for the Communities in Schools Executive Committee, Board Advisor for the New Venture Lab and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Spokane program.

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Carlton Complex Fire threatened enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state's request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant on Thursday.

When the request was submitted on Wednesday, no homes had burned. Today, dozens of homes and businesses have burned to ash as the fire moved through the small town of Pateros. Nearby Brewster is also under a level three evacuation order, meaning residents must leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in the town of Chelan for anyone who needs assistance, including cots, meals and water.

City Council asks for public comment on funding for park, roads

City Council asks for public comment on funding for park, roads

The Spokane City Council is asking for public comment at their next two meetings to discuss placing proposed street levy and proposed bond for Riverfront Park on the November ballot.

Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart firs announced the streets and parks refinancing proposals back in early May. The proposals provide for significant new work for the community at the same rate that citizens pay today for streets and parks.

Currently Spokane citizens pay 91 cents per every $1,000 of assessed property value towards the repayment of three street and park bonds. With strategic refunding, the dollars generated from that same level of funding could be used to provide:

Shea opponent concerned about rep.'s associations with "violent militias"

A man running for office against Spokane County Republican Matt Shea says he's concerned about Shea's association with the Oath Keepers, a group that describes itself as dedicated to "defend[ing] the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God."

Josh Arritola, who is running against Shea for state representative, sent out a news release Thursday morning. He says he was prompted by a concerned citizen about� Shea "and, his associations with the Oath Keepers."

The�Oath Keepers say they're committed to defending the Constitution at all costs. They've been described by supporters as�patriots and by rivals as radicals. The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the Oath Keepers�a "particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival."

They were particularly active in the standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada.

Meals on Wheels passing out fan donations to seniors

Spokane Meals on Wheels is continuing to see donations of fans roll in for seniors. So far they've passed out around 85 and anticipate giving away more.

It's all to help keep seniors cool who may not have any other way to do so. One of those seniors who is thankful for Meals on Wheels is Barbara Morgan, who now has a fan in her room to keep her cool at night.

?I don't feel feel very good when I'm in the heat,? she said.

Morgan is one of the roughly 300 clients that receives lunch from the Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels program. Thursday she thought she was just getting a chicken pot pie and was surprised when they offered her a fan too.

Even though Morgan already had a fan Char Billow and Cheryl Miller-Arndt asked if it was enough.

Glad they asked, Morgan told them she's been sleeping in the living room because her room gets too hot.

?By the time the sun gets around comes in here, even with the blinds or with the curtains, it still gets pretty warm,? she said.